The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: The Holiday Edition and Other Stories

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From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance — witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children — misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings — hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and ...

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Overview

From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance — witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children — misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings — hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).

In a slim collection of drawings and verse stories that owes much to the cross-hatched, macabre world of Edward Gorey, the visually ingenious filmmaker Tim Burton (Batman; Edward Scissorhands) tries his hand in The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories at a quieter, more delicate medium. Quirky pen-and-ink drawings accompany a minimalist text, stories that are a distillation of Burton's characteristic mixture of the touching and the bizarre. In "Voodoo Girl," one of Burton's odd creatures "knows she has a curse on her, a curse she cannot win./ For if someone gets/ too close to her,/ the pins stick further in."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060526498
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/22/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 814,580
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Burton is the creative genius behind Batman, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks!, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, among others. He began his career at Disney, where his first project was a six-minute tribute to Vincent Price. His second film, the twenty-seven-minute Frankenweenie, was deemed unsuitable for children and never released in theaters. He lives in New York and Los Angeles.

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First Chapter

Stick Boy and Match Girl in Love

Stick boy liked Match Girl,
he liked her a lot.
He liked her cute figure,
he thought she was hot.

But could a flame ever burn
for a match and a stick?
It did quite literally;
he burned up pretty quick.

Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, The-Holiday Ed.. Copyright © by Tim Burton. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    I lovett, I lovett, I lovett, I lovett, I lovett! Tim Burton is

    I lovett, I lovett, I lovett, I lovett, I lovett! Tim Burton is my life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Timothy William Burton.

    You inspire us all.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

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    Strange but funny, perfect for the Tim Burton fan

    Bizarre, strange, dark, nonsensical, and just plain weird; these are words often used to describe the mind of Tim Burton, one of the country¿s best-known filmmakers. Burton is also the author of several books, including the much loved The Nightmare Before Christmas, a book that was developed into a movie and became a cult classic, and The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, a truly odd yet surprisingly funny book of poems/short stories. For fans of Burton, this is one book that doesn¿t disappoint. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories is, as the title implies, a book of numerous short stories. Each one is quite brief, typically just a page or two, and all are written in the form of poems. Each story is illustrated with simple stick figures or very simplistic drawings that a child might create and they capture the essence of each story perfectly. Some stories may leave you scratching your head and wondering, while others are laugh-out-loud funny. An example of the former might be The Girl with Many Eyes:<BR/><BR/>One day in the park<BR/>I had quite a surprise.<BR/>I met a girl <BR/>Who had many eyes.<BR/>She was really quite pretty<BR/>(and also quite shocking!)<BR/>and I noticed she had a mouth,<BR/>so we ended up talking.<BR/>We talked about flowers,<BR/>And her poetry classes,<BR/>And the problems she¿d have<BR/>If she ever wore glasses.<BR/>It¿s great to know a girl<BR/>Who has so many eyes<BR/>But you really get wet<BR/>When she breaks down and cries.<BR/><BR/>Melonhead, on the other hand, would most likely elicit a reaction of `eww¿ while also causing a laugh:<BR/><BR/>There once was a morose melonhead,<BR/>Who sat there all day<BR/>And wished he were dead.<BR/>But you should be careful<BR/>About the things that you wish.<BR/>Because the last thing he heard<BR/>Was a deafening squish.<BR/>Quill says: A truly bizarre, yet funny, collection of short stories sure to please Burton¿s many fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Dynamite Comes in Small Packages

    This book is 120 some pages of perfectly bizzare characters with humanistic traits inherant in each word and picture. For $20, I wouldn't buy anything else!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2004

    The Capture Of Excitement

    This book is Tim Burton's best book yet. He really captured the image of Oyster boy.I found this book weird and creepy.It keeps you at the edge of excitement.I enjoyed this book,I hope you also enjoy it too.I want Tim Burton to write another book of all the characters he has created into one fantastic book.See Ya Later Readers.

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